BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Neil Harris is urging Millwall fans to set the tone before Saturday’s match against West Bromwich Albion – and then expects his players to take over.
The Lions lost 3-2 at a raucous Elland Road last weekend, but not before pushing Leeds United close.
And next up are two crucial home fixtures against the Baggies this weekend and then next Wednesday when QPR visit SE16.
“We have to make The Den an absolute fortress,” said Lions boss Harris. “It has to be the Brighton and Everton atmospheres for the remaining games.
“What comes first – the players’ performances or the fans’ atmosphere? Before the first whistle it has to be the fans’ atmosphere. That will carry us. And then we have to perform.
“Come to the game and get behind the team. We need togetherness and support within the stadium. The fans have a huge part to play. The players will be doing their best to get the result.
“Consistent performances is key between now and the end of the season. We’ve got two huge games in a short space of time and I want the Den buzzing.”
West Brom have won three matches in a row since James Shan took caretaker charge. Darren Moore was axed at the start of March.
“Not much has changed since the hugely surprising sacking of Darren Moore, who is a good football man and was doing a wonderful job at West Brom.
“If you look at the facts, when he took over he very nearly got them to safety in the Premier League and they were a top-four Championship side [when he left his post]. Unless we’re missing something then that’s the crazy life of football we live in.
“They are a team in form, a team with Premier League experience. What a game at The Den – it is a big game for West Brom and a huge game for us.”
PICTURE BY BRIAN TONKS